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Duolingo for Children?

First of all, thank you for a great product. I've tried a lot of things to keep focused on learning languages, and you have the best product. If only you were around when I was younger....

Speaking of which... Given that young children's minds are optimized to learn languages, is there any thought to making the site a little more accessible for them? It's very close, but perhaps a simpler iPad version that's not as reliant on typing could go a long way. I'd love to get my children up on this.

5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynOlson0
EvelynOlson0
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Then how come I am 10, and I was allowed to join

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

In order to use Duolingo you must be older than 13. We're not currently designing for children. All good suggestions to keep in mind for the future. Thanks!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Raininglingots

Why exactly?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/therosen

Thanks for the quick reply! You would have to forgo much of the community involvement, but if you measure on impact, this would be huge. As I'm sure you know 5 year olds learn language much quicker than adults. Some would argue 13 is already too late.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smearedink

But you can just throw a 5 year old in a room with a bunch of foreign speakers and they'll learn the language. Duolingo is for those of us who lacked rooms full of foreign speakers as children. :)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/therosen

Indeed you are correct, and that's what I'm doing. I'm looking for reinforcement over the summer and outside the immersion program.

Of course there's nothing stopping us from using Duolingo together, but it may be tough for my ego. :-)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cinna_bar

I agree with you therosen, my daughter is 4 and in an all French school. I would love to have a strictly verbal application, like Duolingo, for her to be able to use, as we are not strong in the language and not able to help her along as much. Unfortunately, we live in an area that will hire a French/English bilingual applicant with the same (and sometimes fewer) qualifications than an English only applicant - so, in our minds as parents, bilingualism is not really an option for our children, it's a necessity.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchBalance

Hia, im only 14 but the newer updates are getting really confuseing latly and im used to the older 2 versions with hearts and gold bars. the new lessons added i feel don't belong there and belong in a seperate lesson like calm in basics how about a feelings lesson? Just some sugestions and you may want to add a tab to swich to each version like gold bars and hearts, gold bars, hearts, ect. Thanks for your time and efforts to help us all learn these many languages

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kafclown
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Is this still true? I just posted a question, and a whole bunch of young kids responded.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fredz0003

A bit late. I too think a separate duolingo app or a setting in the current app will benefit for kids learning. Typing whole words is a bit too much for 5 to 7 yo. The drop down and pick words would be great for kids.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lcasarinl

I agree; I speak fluently french, english and spanish; I picked up duolingo to learn portuguese (went to Brasil in a trip and picked it up a bit)... but I have 4 kids, the 2 oldest (7 and 4) are learning french in school and it would be great to have the support for multiple accounts under a single "parent" account for the kids to keep practicing and learning what they learn in school

My wife wats to learn french too but i have to créate a whole new profile for her with a different email account etc.... i ouwl dbe awesome to have family packages so to speak and that the parents could supervise and be aware of the progress of the children

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hCylvnsB

My grand daughter is 13 but I noticed there are flirting words which can be unlocked. I am concerned that if she really got into using the app this would not be appropriate. Can access to certain parts be restricted. Also meeting people online to chat?

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EvelynOlson0
EvelynOlson0
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For the first part, the flirting section really isn't inappropriate. I'm your granddaughter's age and I unlocked the flirting section because it was another part of the tree. It only contains things like "You look beautiful" and stuff like that, so don't worry there. In terms of your last inquiry, there's no private chat feature, so everyone can see everyone's chat.

3 months ago